During my research for photo trips I often come across locations that have been used in movie productions. Whilst I have never visited a location for that reason I always find it fascinating to look back on these locations which can be so peaceful when I visit and try to visualise that for a few weeks/months, on at least one occasion they have been an hectic scene of hundreds of people including world famous stars with masses of equipment going about their business. Here’s just a few of those locations for you to enjoy.
I’ll start on the west coast of Scotland at Achnahaird Bay which is located on the Coigach peninsula, and can be reached by following the road to the scattered settlement of Achiltibuie. It was used as a filming location for the 2011 film The Eagle, with a horse chase scene across the beach. The film tells the story of a young Roman officer searching to recover the lost Roman eagle standard of his father’s legion in the northern part of Great Britain. The story is based on the Ninth Spanish Legion’s supposed disappearance in Britain.
Whilst we are on the west coast of Scotland we’ll call in at Castle Stalker. Built around 1540 by Duncan Stewart of Appin, it was gifted by him to James IV for use as a hunting lodge. It sits at the mouth of Loch Laich (by Loch Linnhe) on a rocky islet known as the Rock of the Cormorants which is also the battle cry of the Stewarts of Appin. It was just one of the castle locations used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group of Monty Python. In the movie it was known as Castle Aaaargh. It generally parodies the legend of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail.
Moving south we cross the border into England and we are on Hadrian’s Wall, a location used in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. Kevin Costner’s suspiciously American-sounding Robin Hood may have been a crack shot with a bow, but his navigation skills are a bit off. He and his friend Azeem take a pretty strange route from the South Coast to Nottingham with a photogenic detour to Northumberland – nearly 200 miles further north. Fans of Roman history will recognise Sycamore Gap, a picturesque tree standing in a hollow next to a section of Hadrian’s Wall, the 1,800-year-old World Heritage Site.
After that quick stop in England we’ll finish with two locations in Wales. In September 2002, a cast and crew of 200 arrived in North Wales to film scenes for the blockbuster film ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider- The Cradle of Life’. The production planned to film on the real Great Wall of China, but were refused permission so decided on coming to North Wales and making it look like China. One of the main locations was Llyn Gwynant in the Nant Gwynant Valley and only a couple of miles from Snowdon where a Chinese village was specially built.
Finally in South Wales we are at Sgwd Henrhyd. It was here that the final scene of the 2012 Dark Knight Rises was shot where it doubled as the entrance for the Batcave. This spectacular and beautiful waterfall has an unbroken drop off approximately 90 ft. It is the highest waterfall in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
I hope that there is at least one movie in there that you have seen and been able to recall the scene featured in the images.